Animation and Illustration - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

Attendance Full-Time


This is a specialist course which will help you develop your skills in digital design. Diplomas are an alternate route into higher education or employment and boast a strong industry focus.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal if you are looking for a practical, challenging and career-focussed alternative to A levels.

It is suitable for anyone who would like to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in the Creative Media industries.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Animation and Illustration).

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

You will study:

  • Traditional Art & Design skills
  • Image Manipulation
  • Concept Art and Illustration
  • Games Design
  • Interface & Web Design
  • Storyboarding
  • 3D, 2D and Stop Motion Animation
  • Digital Video Production
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Contextual Influences 

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills if needed in English and or Maths. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Learning Methods

The course centres on a programme of assignments designed to put your skills to the test.

Teaching is mainly through practical projects, small group work, lectures and private study.

As well as developing your specialist skills you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, and to solve problems with creativity, adopting a professional approach to your work.

Assessment Methods

You will put together a portfolio of work, evidencing the units of the qualification, which is internally assessed and externally moderated as the course progresses.

Progression Opportunities

Previous students from this course have progressed on Higher Education and then into careers in Web Design, Animation, Games and Graphic Design.

Career Opportunities

Previous students have persued careers in Animation, Motion Graphics and Web Design.

Entry Requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs A-C
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design
  • An Intermediate GNVQ in Art and Design
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

If English is not your first language you will also need an English Language test score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.